Why your Valentine’s Day takeaway plans could be scuppered

Why your Valentine’s Day takeaway plans could be scuppered

It might be best to head out to a restaurant this Valentine’s Day (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

Takeaway delivery drivers will go on strike this Valentine’s Day for better pay and working conditions.

The action taking place between 5pm and 10pm impacts some 3,000 drivers and riders for Deliveroo, Uber Eats, Just Eat, and Stuart.com.

Delivery Job UK, which is a grassroots organisation, has organised the strike to highlight the insecurity and inadequate pay of workers.

It shared the news on Twitter and wrote: ‘This Valentine’s Day strike highlights the growing tensions between gig economy workers and the platforms they work for.

‘As consumers, it’s crucial to consider the conditions under which our conveniences are delivered.

‘Let’s stand in solidarity with those fighting for fair wages and better working conditions. It’s more than just a meal at stake – it’s about the dignity and rights of every worker.’

Delivery drivers are classed as self-employed which means they can be paid less than the statutory minimum wage – which currently stands at £10.42 an hour.

The Supreme Court ruled in November that Deliveroo drivers are not ‘workers’ and could not form a union.

The strike will last for around five hours (Picture: Reuters)

It comes after the Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain campaigned for the right to unionise and bargain on their behalf.

A spokesperson for Deliveroo told Metro: ‘Deliveroo aims to provide riders with the flexible work riders tell us they value, attractive earning opportunities and protections.

‘Rider retention rates are high and the overwhelming majority of riders tell us that they are satisfied working with us.

‘We value dialogue with riders, which is why we have a voluntary partnership agreement with a trade union, which includes annual discussions on pay.

‘We are pleased to also be able to offer riders free insurance, sickness cover, financial support when riders become new parents and a range of training opportunities.’

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A Just Eat spokesperson said: ‘We take the concerns of all couriers on the Just Eat network extremely seriously. Their welfare is important to us, and we welcome their feedback.

‘Our data shows that couriers delivering for Just Eat earn, on average, significantly over both the London and national living wage for the time they are on an order.

‘We provide a highly competitive base rate to self-employed couriers and have a good relationship with the vast majority of couriers across our network. In addition, we offer regular incentives to help them maximise their earnings and continue to review our pay structure regularly.’

An Uber Eats spokesperson said: ‘We offer a flexible way for couriers to earn by using the app when and where they choose.

‘We know that the vast majority of couriers are satisfied with their experience on the app, and we regularly engage with couriers to look at how we can improve their experience.’

Stuart.com said it was ‘committed to providing competitive earnings opportunities for courier partners’.

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